Playing two spinners at Lord's tempting, says Virat Kohli
Aug 09 2018
England skipper Joe Root has said that their victory in the seesawing first Test, despite being "not at our best", has energised the hosts with confidence as they prepare to take on India at Lord's on Thursday. This is not the first time that Sachin Tendulkar's son has bowled to the current Indian team, but did roll his arms over at the start of the tour as well.
Earlier, ahead of the Ireland T20Is too Arjun was spotted bowling at Team India nets when Kohli and his boys were in London.
India's captain scored almost half of the team's runs in the first Test at Edgbaston; he was asked if he felt let down by his colleagues.
It proved beyond the tourists, despite Kohli making 51 to follow his first-innings 149 - the star batsman's maiden Test century on English soil. No other batters supported Kohli, who at the other hand fought valiantly. "Again, Ishant showed character here, Umesh stuck it out with Hardik so those kinds of things make you feel like as top order batsmen we need to apply ourselves better". Batsman bat well they can get runs, seamers are going to be in play with the Dukes ball in overcast conditions and when the wicket wears off, the spinners can come into play.
But Arun said Jasprit Bumrah was "out of contention", the paceman still sidelined after missing the first Test with the broken thumb he suffered during a Twenty20 worldwide against Ireland in June.
Despite that the team management could make a few changes, bringing in a second spinner to add more firepower, depending on the nature of the wicket at Lord's.
All-rounder Chris Woakes have also been recalled to fill up the gap of Ben Stokes who will not be available for Lord's Test as it would clash with his trial in Bristol court for charges of affray.
It was also announced that 20-year-old Olliver Pope will make his Test debut and bat at number four.
'In the first innings, to create two half-chances and two clear chances was testament to how we've got good plans against him and found a way to potentially get him out.
"I think it's going to be an all-round wicket. He looks fit in practice and you know ready to go". "Jamie Porter is the unlucky one to miss out", Root told a pre-match press conference at Lord's on Wednesday.
Other former India internationals to ring the bell at a Lord's Test are Sunil Gavaskar, The Nawab of Pataudi Jr, Dilip Vengsarkar, Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly.
About countering Ashwin and Ishant, he said, "They are two fine players and one of the reasons why India have been successful is they have some brilliant experienced players to call upon".